ACCCA Award for Progress in Diversity

The ACCCA Award for Progress in Diversity was created to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in their efforts to expand the concept of diversity and equity in the wider higher education community.

The inspiration for the award comes from its first honorary recipient, Dr. Gus Guichard, retired Vice Chancellor for the California Community Colleges. Prior to his retirement Gus made numerous contributions in the arena of higher education, and most particularly, in expanding awareness of the need to maintain and recognize diversity among students, faculty and administrators and to model tolerance for all groups.

In establishing the criteria for this award, ACCCA recognized that an honor of this nature must encompass both the individual as well as the institution. It requires the initiative of the individual to spearhead any effort toward expanding diversity, but also to see the idea through to fruition. It requires the cooperation of the institution to enact the policies and ensure that the concept of honoring diversity within its culture is supported.

Perhaps you know a colleague who has excelled in this area or your institution has led the way?  Following is the essential criteria that will be applied in selecting a recipient or recipients for this award:

  • A demonstrated history of effective leadership in promoting diversity, particularly in higher education;
  • Documented support from colleagues or those within the organization that attests to the unique contribution of the individual or organization; OR
  • Research or a documented presentation at the state or national level that has impacted, enhanced or represents a contribution toward the goal of diversity in higher education; OR

    The creation -by a district or organization-of an unprecedented example of inclusion through district policy, activities on campus and within the organization, or organizational documentation that represents effective actions taken by the organization toward inclusion.

The past recipients of this award chart an evolving historical record of achievement in growing equity and diversity within the structure of the community college system in California. Click here to see past award winners.

To nominate your colleague, your institution or organization, please submit written evidence of these qualities along with any additional letters of support from their peers.  These can be uploaded on the nomination form and can be added to the nominee's materials until the December 15 submission deadline date. At that time, all materials will be turned over to the selection committee for their review, and the recipient will be announced in January.  The award will be presented at a ceremony held at the Annual Conference in February.

Click here to submit a nomination.

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